(Calcutta) GO

An Indian, when walking, never stops. An obstacle only makes him change directions. To go is like the flow of life itself, ugly as it may be. Calcutta, once one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is now one of the sadest and poorest ones. Its traffic is hell. But still, it flows. (Hans Scheugl) The path is the goal, or, in other words: cinema is a chain of movements, a continuous pan, a sweeping eye which has become used to an existence in constant overstimulation. With its proximity to documentarism and in the simplicity of its conception, (Calcutta) GO points back to Hans Scheugl´s early films (Wien 17, Schumanngasse). The eye of the camera in the car registers the city rushing past, as does the alert ear of the microphone: people and machines, checked off as they are overtaken; shreds of music and voices, engines and car-horns - acoustical scraps of everyday life, mixed with the fleeting motion of the motorized passenger. A film as nine minutes of camera-travelling, as a documentary city-portrait, as a discourse on the possibilities of overtaking with a high risk of collision or on tactical driving under time pressure. Scheugl leaves time and space behind while he is still talking about them. (Calcutta) GO is a fast-moving, nimble photographic report on the capacity of film and the elegance of its movements. (Calcutta) is the location; GO is the director´s instruction derived from the understanding of a survival strategy practiced millions of times. (Stefan Grissemann)

Orig. Title
(Calcutta) GO
Year
1993
Country
Austria
Duration
9 min
Director
Hans Scheugl
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
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(Calcutta) GO (Image)
Credits
Director
Hans Scheugl
Idea/Concept
Hans Scheugl
Cinematography
Reinhard Kofler
Editing
Hans Scheugl
Sound
Jimmy French
Production
Hans Scheugl
Available Formats
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Festivals (Selection)
1994
Riga - Arsenals - Int. Film Festival
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
München - Int. Dokumentarfilmfestival
Barcelona - L’ALTERNATIVA - II Mostra Internacional de Cinema Alternatiu
Marseille - FIDMarseille International Film Festival
1995
Edinburgh - Fringe Film and Video Festival
Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
Onion City - Film Festival Chicago
1997
Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage
Graz - film+arc.
1998
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films